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Apple retains global brand lead

Apple was the most valuable brand of 2015 with a total brand value of US$128.3 billion (€112.8 billion), according to Brand Finance’s Global 500 ranking.  The annual report shows that last year’s top five global brands all kept their rankings in 2015, but each grew their value with number two-ranked Samsung now holding a brand […]

Comcast customers get HBO and Showtime access on Roku

Comcast Xfinity TV customers in the US are now able to access HBO Go and Showtime Anytime via Roku video streaming devices.  Xfinity customers can now link their HBO or Showtime accounts by logging in and activating them through the channels’ Roku apps. Those that subscribe to HBO or Showtime through US providers including AT&T […]

US pay TV losses rise in third quarter

The 13 top US pay TV operators lost 150,000 TV subscribers in the third quarter, compared with a loss of only 25,000 for the same period in 2013, according to research by Leichtman Research Group. Satellite was worst hit, with satellite TV operator losing 40,000 customers in the quarter, compared with a net gain of […]

Streaming video alliance forms to help guide future of online video

A consortium of content providers, network operators, content delivery networks and technology providers have joined together to form the Streaming Video Alliance. The alliance is designed to encourage deeper collaboration and the development of open architecture and interoperability for streaming video. It aims to help create standards and best practices that will scale the infrastructure for […]

thePlatform launches mpx Replay to take linear channels online

Comcast-owned video management and publishing firm, thePlatform, has launched a new service to help broadcasters publish their linear TV channels online. Mpx Replay is a premium service that thePlatform will offer as part of its mpx video publishing system. “Mpx Replay provides instant asset creation for publishing and distribution, automated metadata to support richer search […]

US cable and telcos angrily reject Obama net neutrality call

US cable and telecom operators have responded angrily to President Barack Obama’s call for the strongest form of net neutrality and the implementation of new regulations to ensure that all internet traffic should be given equal treatment.  Obama has called for a reclassification of broadband providers as common carriers under Title II of the country’s […]

Comcast shareholders approve Time Warner merger

Comcast’s shareholders voted almost unanimously in favour of its multi-billion dollar merger with Time Warner Cable at a special meeting yesterday.  According to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Comcast shareholders who voted at the special meeting represented approximately 84% of the eligible shares entitled to vote in person or by proxy. Of […]

Comcast to shut down Streampix VoD service

Comcast is shutting down its Streampix subscription VoD offering, citing “minimal interest” from consumers. In a filing to the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC), published last week, Comcast said that both the Streampix site and the app are being decommissioned, and the standalone offer has been discontinued. “Going forward, Streampix will simply be part of […]

Weather Channel ‘weighs sales’

NBCUniversal-backed cable net Weather Channel may sell parts or all of its assets, according to a report from business wire Bloomberg. Comcast-owned NBCU co-owns WeatherChannel Cos. with private equity groups Blackstone Group LP and Bain Capital LLC, having acquired the company in 2008 for US$3.5 billion. However, the private equity groups have now spoken with JPMorgan […]

Comcast, Charter name cable spin-off GreatLand

Comcast Communications has unveiled the name of the spin-off cable company it is creating in order to sooth regulatory concerns over its deal to buy Time Warner Cable. Seeking regulatory approval, Comcast agreed to make concessions before it bought TWC. The cable firm subsequently announced it would launch a joint venture with Charter Communications, which […]

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